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NJAMHAA’s Fall Conference Focuses on a Bright Future by Strengthening Behavioral Healthcare

 
“While we strive to prepare for the implementation of the Administrative Services Organization, the dramatic transition from contracts to a fee for service system and simultaneously address the implementation of healthcare reform, it is critical that we focus on the positive. Despite the challenges we continually face, we are a strong system and will continue to be strong – and also become stronger – by working together,” said NJAMHAA CEO Debra Wentz, PhD.

“Coming together at our Fall Behavioral Healthcare Meeting, Focusing on a Bright Future by Strengthening Behavioral Healthcare, is an opportunity to learn from knowledgeable presenters and one of many examples of invaluable partnerships throughout our membership,” Dr. Wentz added.

Following are highlights of this conference, which will be held on October 21, 2014 at the Robert Wood Johnson Conference Center in Hamilton:

Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO of Mental Health America, author of How I Helped Create a Flawed Mental Health System That's Failed Millions - And My Son, will deliver the morning keynote presentation, Mental Health Advocacy: Why Narrative Matters. He will demonstrate how personal stories can shape policy changes. Prior to his presentation, from 8:00 to 8:45 a.m., he will sign copies of his book.

Lynne D’Amico PhD, Founder and Principal of Knowledge-Shaping Solutions, LLC, will present a workshop, Challenges to Compassionate Cooperation: Role of the Conscious Mind, and will sign copies of her book, Force of Mind, Song of Heart: Shaping Consciousness, Connection and Compassionate Cooperation.

Charles Wilson, MSSW, Senior Director/Project Director, Chadwick Center for Children and Families, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, and author of Team Investigation of Child Sexual Abuse: The Uneasy Alliance, will present the closing plenary, Riding the Waves of Change: Integrating Evidence Based Practice and Trauma-Informed Systems into True System Improvement. He will share his organization’s experience and discuss how attendees can assess where their organizations are in becoming truly trauma informed and provide direction in achieving this goal.

Of course, the conference will feature many more valuable presentations:
* Behavioral Healthcare in New Jersey: A Status Report and a Look at the Future with Lynn Kovich, MEd, Assistant Commissioner, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and Elizabeth Manley, MSW, Director, Children’s System of Care
* Politics, Policy and the Economy: Access to Care in a Changing Environment by Sonia Delgado, MGA, Princeton Public Affairs Group
* And more!

Click here for more details and to register!
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